AANB11068U Summer 2016 Using anthropology's analytical tools to solve business problems

Volume 2016/2017

Summer school 2016


Drawing on the experiences of the consultancy company ReD Associates and others, this course will focus on the use and exploration of anthropological concepts as analytical tools in the development of business cases. There will also be room for a critical examination of challenges and opportunities in the relationship between business consultancy and anthropology.

Learning Outcome

Students completing the course successfully will have gained:


  • Practiced presentation skills


  • Advanced insights into a still more important field of applied anthropology

  • Insights into forms of knowledge, language, and thinking in the business world


  • Understanding of and experiences with the use of anthropological analysis in a practical, business context

  • A deeper understanding of a range of anthropological concepts through application to case material

BSc-, Credit-, Open Education and all international students: 500 pages obligatory literature.
MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature + 200 pages of literature chosen by students

Literature chosen by students must be relevant to the course’s subject matter.

Course literature will be available in Absalon on the course website

Seminars, group case work, student presentations, feedback
The course also serves as a part of the specialised track in Business and Organisational Anthropology.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 89
  • Exam Preparation
  • 89
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Length: Min. 21.600 - max. 26.400 keystrokes for an individual essay. For group exams plus an additional min. 6.750 - max. 8.250 keystrokes per extra group member.

The essay assignments can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 people. Read more about the rules for group examinations in the

The examination essay must address a relevant topic from the course and must include literature from the course syllabus.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

1. re-exam:

A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date. The students are automatically registered for the 1. re-exam. Please note that the re-exam is an essay even for courses, where the ordinary exam is a portfolio exam.

2. re-exam:

A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date next semester. The students must sign up for the 2. re-exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome